Kinetic Arts Tucson is a hybrid studio and arts/performance space located in Downtown Tucson’s Warehouse Arts District. Operated by long time Tucsonan Brenna Mirae, the space features dance, movement and fitness classes as well as hosting quarterly arts and movement showcases and a multitude of community events.
I sat down with Brenna recently to talk about the space, her hopes for its future and the upcoming MonSwoon showcase happening at K.A.T. Tucson on July 13.
Julie Jennings-Patterson: Hi, Brenna! For folks who aren’t familiar with the project/space, introduce us to Kinetic Arts Tucson?
Brenna Mirae (owner, founder): Kinetic Arts Tucson is a pole, dance and acrobatic training center, as well as a performance venue, and art gallery.
JJP: How did the space get started? And how was it different from what Tucson had to offer at the time?
Brenna M: Kinetic Arts Tucson started when the beautiful building where I was taking ballet became available and I decided it was time finally open my own studio. After over a decade of teaching pole dance I was granted a dream come true and it’s been a wild, amazing ride ever since.
What sets us apart is our chill community vibe. I’m sole owner of the business but we are run more like a co-op, and all the teachers and students are invited to actively participate in the community of K.A.T. We have quarterly showcases, clothing exchanges, workshops, and events. We also openly encourage community involvement and participation in the space.
Another way we are unique is that we are a very kid friendly studio. We definitely allow children and parents should feel free to bring the kids to the studio. At K.A.T we really want you to feel like this is your home away from home, a place where everyone can be safe to train, grow and learn.
JJP: In your experience, is pole work more of a fitness practice or an art form? How does it compare to dance or more traditional aerial arts?
Brenna M: To me, pole is a dance form. It is a unique art form that was birthed in the strip clubs. It’s recently blossomed into a world wide fitness craze, but at its core, it’s a blend of dance, acrobatics, and yoga. While pole is very similar in some ways to other aerial arts, it’s main difference is with pole dance we wear as little clothing as possible. Why? Because with dance pole it is essential that we have skin to pole contact.
JJP: How did you end up in the field of dance and performance?
Brenna M: I have been a dancer and a gymnast my whole life. It’s my absolute most favorite feeling to fly in movement. I love all styles of dance but especially pole dance for its intensity. I really feel passionate about sharing my love of this art form.
JJP: Tell us a little about the rest of the folks at K.A.T.?
Brenna M: The staff at K.A.T. are all X-pert certified and are up to date on the latest in fitness and dance. We have expert teachers with many years experience, who are friendly, down to earth people committed to movement arts. We also bring in world famous pole instructors to teach workshops.
Our students come from all walks of life. Our youngest student is only 4 years old, but we also have students who are in their 60s! The beauty of pole no matter what your age, gender or body type there is something for everyone!
JJP: You’re a performance and event space also, right? What are some of the most remarkable past events held at K.A.T. and what do you envision for the space’s future?
Brenna M: Our past events, included a futurist disco, a speakeasy, a Halloween themed show (called Spirit House) and a super fun animal themed show called Tiger’s Eye.
Our vision for K.A.T.’s future is to keep being a community haven for the arts and to keep co-creating a magical world of acceptance and encouragement to be our very best selves together.
Our beautiful space is also available to host your next event!
JJP: How can people get more involved with Kinetic Arts Tucson if they’re interested?
Brenna M: Come on down and take a few classes! We have a new student special which is 3 classes for $23, which includes not only pole but also fitness classes.
If you’re not a fan of fitness, come and witness! Also check out our website to see our complete class schedule, blog, and newsletter.
JJP: When’s the next K.A.T. event?
Brenna M: Our next quarterly showcase is called MonSwoon. It includes an art opening featuring art from over 10 local artists, tasty treats, a full aerial show blended with spoken word poets and live musical accompaniment by some local favorites.
JJP: Who’s performing?
Brenna M: We have over 15 performers, including dancers, spoken word artists, and live musicians, including Mariah McCammond, Jillian Besset and Katie Haverly.
JJP: Sounds fantastic! When and where is it happening?
Brenna M: MonSwoon takes place this Saturday, July 13th at Kinetic Arts Tucson is located at 17 E. Toole Ave Downtown. Doors open at 7 p.m.
JJP: What else does the near future hold for K.A.T?
Brenna M: The American Pole League competition is July 27. In Tucson! We will be competing and we will also be hosting workshops at K.A.T. with world famous poler Pink Puma. Workshops will be held July 28th all day at the space. Check out our website for more info!
JJP: Anything else you want to share?
Brenna M: Come on down and check us out!
MonSwoon takes place Saturday, July 13th at 7 p.m. at Kinetic Arts Tucson, 17 E. Toole Ave, Tucson, AZ.
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